On July 1st, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) released a major update to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). Revision 14 now includes the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), an additional Section 301 exclusion, and changes to 10-digit statistical suffixes for a variety of goods.
- New special program indicators (SPIs) of “S” and “S+” are found under General Note 3(c)(i) noting goods eligible for USMCA and indicate special rate of duty for subheadings throughout the tariff schedule.
- “S” is most often used as the SPI, but “S+” is used for products treated differently between Mexico and Canada, such as agricultural tariff rate quota goods, agricultural staging goods, and textile tariff preference level (TPL) goods.
- Additionally, a new General Note 11 was added detailing USMCA rules of origin.
- A Section 301 List 3 product exclusion for some motorboats (subheading 8903.92.0065), announced by USITC on June 19th, is also found in the tariff schedule.
Statistical Reporting Changes
- Changes to 10-digit statistical suffixes were made for various goods, including food, medical, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other products:
- dried tart cherries, jasmine and basmati rice, and non-organic wine;
- diagnostic reagents, viral transport media, mobile clinic and radiological vehicles, infrared thermometers;
- face masks, paper and textile PPE ;
- disinfectant wipes, crystal glassware, refillable stainless steel kegs, adjustable folding mattress foundation with legs, and collector’s coins.
According to International Trade Today, additional changes to the HTS include Taiwan added as a country with organic certifications, GSP treatment corrected for Thailand—which was omitted from an April HTS update, and corrections to rules of origin for South Korea, Colombia, and Panama free trade agreements.